I don’t know about you but even though it’s been 5 years that I’ve been practicing yoga, my mind still wanders from time to time during yoga. But you know what? Almost every day for the past 2 weeks in my hot yoga classes (I’m on a hot yoga kick right now), I’ve been more mindful and more present in class.
And my secret is this: I’ve been using Manduka’s Yogitoes yoga mat towel for every…single… class.
More Focus on the Mat
Up until recently, I’ve mostly practiced hot yoga with a regular cotton towel over my yoga mat. And let me tell you, this seriously took away from the experience as I was frequently distracted because the towel would be bunching up uncomfortably and moving around. While my yoga mat is ok for regular yoga, it’s a slip and slide fiasco if I don’t use anything over it. So yeah, I really needed to get a high quality performance yoga mat towel if I wanted to get the most of out my hot yoga practice.
Now with the Yogitoes by my side, I’m no longer dealing with these issues. It’s almost like a past life. Thanks to Yogitoes’ groundbreaking Skidless Technology, I find that the more I sweat onto the towel, the better I perform on the mat.
For the past couple of classes, I’ve actually started off my hot yoga practice by slightly dampening the towel for extra grip and I like the way it feels on my hands and feet. It’s kind of refreshing actually.
I know this will sound a little silly with what I’ll be sharing next, but whenever I do postures like the forward fold where I gaze on my mat and relax, I can’t help myself but be in total absolute awe of the beauty of my Yogitoes towel.
The Ganesh’s eyes, the fine details (like the squiggly lines and triangular shapes) and the gradient colors on this towel have this hypnotizing yet calming effect on me. I’m not thinking about my worries, what I’m going to be doing after class and etc. I appreciate the Ganesh’s beauty, I move and breathe deeply, and I feel something spiritual happening inside my body. I feel empowered too.
And that was the reason why out of all the other beautiful Yogitoes towels on the Manduka website, I really, really wanted this one. It was released in December 2016 with their Holiday Collection which I covered in this post here, and I guess you can say it was love at first sight.
Side note: While this yoga mat towel is called the Stability towel on the Manduka website, when I received my package it actually said on the packaging that this towel is called the Ganesh towel. I’m not sure why this is.
The Meaning Behind the Ganesh
I was wondering why I felt so much affinity to the Ganesh elephant so I did some research.
What I found was that in Hinduism and Buddhism, the elephant is a powerful role model for a spiritual lifestyle.
In Hinduism, the Ganesh (or Ganesha) is a very popular deity. Its elephant head symbolizes great intellect and wisdom and he is known to be the placer and remover of obstacles in life.
In Buddhism, the elephant symbolizes mental strength who can overcome all obstacles that’s set on its path while in Thai and Burmese cultures the white elephant symbolizes royalty and a symbol of good luck.
The mythic story of the Ganesh is fascinating and when practicing yoga, like the elephant, I feel unstoppable and strong in facing life’s challenges.
My Hot Yoga Practice Will Never Be the Same Again!
So the hype surrounding Yogitoes is real!
I seriously cannot imagine doing hot yoga without this towel and Manduka is right on point when they say that Yogitoes is a high performance yoga towel because you sure do perform all right!
I really love the fact that unlike cotton towels, this absorbs sweat so well. When I don’t purposely dampen the towel at the beginning of the class, sometimes I even wonder if I did sweat at all. The experience with this towel is just so different than I was used before. I cringe when I think about how gross and soaked with sweat my regular towel and yoga mat were before I started using the Yogitoes towel. Cleaning up my mat would take a while too.
Oh and what’s also important is that this towel doesn’t stink with sweat like the hot yoga towel I rented from the studio!
After doing my research and reading many raving reviews about the Yogitoes towel I still had some concerns.
One is that the Yogitoes is made with microfiber fabrics. First off, I really can’t stand the feel of microfiber and secondly I also get fabric burn on my hands when I use microfiber towels. But there’s no problem here. The fabric’s texture is pleasant to the touch both dry and damp (although I do prefer the towel’s texture when it’s slightly damp).
My other concern was how the silicone nubs will stand frequent washes in the washing machine. Well Manduka certainly knew what they were doing when they were designing this towel: the silicone nubs are sewed into the fabric so they won’t ever peel off!
Because the dyes are made with natural dyes, you might experience dye loss in the wash. However, the design has not faded any one bit so I don’t think it’s happening (although I’m still going to continue washing this separately just in case).
Also when machine wash the towel late at night and hang it to air dry in my bathroom overnight, I can still make it to an early hot yoga class with a dry Yogitoes towel on hand.
I think that the Yogitoes yoga mat towel is great to use over a yoga mat. So if you have a crappy mat that you don’t want to replace yet; you rent your mat at the studio and are concerned about hygiene; or you have a good mat that you invested in but it’s made of questionable materials and you want to protect yourself, just throw in the towel on top of it!
=>For more information about the specs and commonly asked questions about the Yogitoes skidless yoga towel, check out my product review here <=
So if you’re a heavy sweater, you practice Hot Yoga or other vigorous styles of yoga (ie. Power Yoga, Vinyasa, Ashtanga), I highly recommend you enhance your yoga practice with the Manduka Yogitoes skidless yoga mat towel.
*Disclaimer: Manduka was kind enough to send me this towel for free upon my request. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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